This is a great discovery in the world of fantasy novels and?for all Tolkien fans. We all know that?the map of Middle Earth, has seen several prints and most are based on the Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, but this is rather unique. As you can see, it has the annotations from its creator himself, J. R. R. Tolkien. The map was discovered from a copy of a book owned by illustrator Pauline Baynes and the map provided some explanation on how the map was finally created.
Baynes was assigned with the illustrations by publisher Allen & Unwin in 1970 and she worked with Tolkien himself in illustration her own version of the Middle Earth map. Tolkien made some suggestions and some edits in regards to locations of select cities and the flora and fauna of the land.
It has also been revealed that some of the known landmarks and cities were real-world inspirations. As for example Hobbiton was to be located in the same place as Oxford and in some real cities according to the Guardian:
?The map shows how completely obsessed he was with the details. Anyone else interfered at their peril,? said Sian Wainwright at Blackwell?s. ?He was tricky to work with, but very rewarding in the end.?
?The map shows how completely obsessed he was with the details. Anyone else interfered at their peril. He was tricky to work with, but very rewarding in the end.?
It is more of an alternative mythology for the British Isles, and it does have similarities in the surroundings that Tolkien has visualized. And thanks to the discovered map, we found it his inspirations and reference points in making this massive world that we have enjoyed for years.